07/06/2020 - 14:34
Byton is one of the many Chinese brands that recently began to echo in these latitudes. Their formal presentation was at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, when they showed off an electric super SUV with a 48-inch screen that crossed the interior from side to side.
Byton M-Byte. The electric SUV offers autonomy ranges between 360 and 435 kilometers.
The Byton M-Byte is a kind of drive- in cinema that promises to provide users with a unique experience through its impressive infotainment system: television, theater, cinema mode, information about the weather on the route, online restaurant reservations, among others options.
Associated with different technology companies, the system even allowed to book trips online , according to a specific budget or on demand with the help of artificial intelligence.
Byton M-Byte. The spectacular 48-inch screen.
Sitting from the driving position, the driver can operate the huge screen through a digital display located in the center of the steering wheel. Reduce images, enlarge them, rotate them, invert them are part of the options offered by the system of this vehicle that offers autonomy ranges between 360 and 435 kilometers .
By early 2020, Byton had announced its launch in China for this year, and for the United States and Europe in 2021. However, the arrival of the coronavirus dramatically changed its plans. And from becoming the startup with a super technological electric vehicle, now the brand is fighting not to close its doors permanently .
Byton M-Byte. Through the digital display of the steering wheel you can operate all the functions of the vehicle.
The situation of the company is critical. Since this month it has declared the cessation of its activities for at least 6 months.
The company, which is backed by state-owned automaker FAW Group and battery provider Contemporary Amperex Technology , said it is in the process of raising active funds to address issues related to unpaid staff salaries, and that it hoped to start paying to employees starting this month.
"After careful consideration and joint consultation with our shareholders and management, we have decided, starting July 1, to put in place a plan to reduce employee costs and promote the strategic reorganization of the company," he said. the company in one of its communications.
Byton also made his presentation at CES, the world's largest technology fair held every year in Las Vegas, (United States). Photo: REUTERS / Steve Marcus
The move could affect some 1,000 local workers in Shanghai, Beijing and its headquarters in Nanjing, as well as hundreds of employees abroad, specifically in the United States, where according to the industry website Electrek, staff cuts from its Santa Clara, California facility began in April.
So far, it has only been confirmed that core members of its R&D team and support staff will remain with the company during the suspension period.